The Back-To-School Book Tag

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Fall has begun and those long yellow rockets are moseying down the streets again and toting off tiny humans to fill their brains with a little thing called knowledge that in some cases just seeps out of their ears. Not going to lie, I didn’t pay much attention in school, yet I magically passed with some great grades. I always had my nose in a book, and no, not a textbook. LOL. I must’ve learned something.

So, this is a book tag for back to school. Some subjects you loved and some you dread and possibly some you slept through. Here is a book tag to commemorate those days!

Let’s get started!


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The class that taught you one of the most complicated and ever-changing languages on the planet. I still suck at it-both writing it and speaking it. LOL. But hey, it’s what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and I’m all right with that. It also helped me discover just how much love Shakespeare and Gothic literature and other genres and that I want to write.

What is a favorite classic or book poetry of yours?

Stargazing at Noon
Author: Amanda Torroni
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I haven’t read it yet, but I have such high hopes that it’s the one I’m choosing. I can’t wait to read it.


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Somehow letters and shapes found their way into this subject. This is worse than English in my opinion.

A book with a number or shape (freaking Geometry. Smh.) in the title.

The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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A star is totally a shape. I’m also super excited for the next book in the series: The Burning Shadow that’s coming out next month.


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I loved all the sciences, especially Astronomy. They were an adventure for my creative brain, something I could really use later on. And, I do to this day when I write, creating worlds or manipulating them into what I see in my imagination. I can take this very real and solid fact and turn it into magic. I love it.

What is a Science Fiction or Dystopian book or series that swept you away?

The Dark Tower series
Author: Stephen King
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Currently in the middle of this one. It’s been pretty wild and having just finished the fourth book and now consider myself hooked on it. It’s pretty dense but that’s the King-man for you. Full of detail, sarcasm, and immense storytelling that will swallow you whole.


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History was majorly touch-and-go for me. Sometimes I was enthralled and sometimes I wanted to sleep, which is why I sat in the back.

What’s a historical book you enjoyed? How about a book that you both loved and hated?

The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
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I went with the historical book. It’s not often that I get swept up in a historical book, but The Last Magician really swept me away and if I can promote it I will. With magic and danger and the cusp of romance and secrecy and betrayal who could ask for more!?

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As a bookworm and a person who just does not athlete well (No, I’m serious. I will more than likely hurt myself than be a valuable teammate), this was not a class for me.

What’s an action-packed book that made you sweat?

Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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From some kickass moments of kicking fae ass to some seriously steamy moments, I was always out of breath.


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I loved art…though I can’t draw to save my life. I’m a big lover of covers, not because I think they solely decide whether I will read the book or not, but because graphic designers put in as much work into those covers as authors do their books. So, praise to the cover artists!

What is a book with an unbelievably, astounding, gorgeous, can’t look away cover?

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
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There are so many books with unforgettable covers, but if I have to choose one, I’m going with this one because it really just made me swoon and fall in love. I love books. I love the way this book and every one them in the series captures the traditional, old fashion, and ancient cover of a book well-kept through history. The colors are vibrant and correlate with the story so beautifully. It just truly gives my sense some overload and nostalgia in the way a library does and that’s the point.


 

Never an easy class to sit through and more often than not showed you the most uncomfortable things about life and the many ways you can die. Awesome!

Name a sad book that just made your stomach sink.

Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Book two of the Red Queen Quartet. After reading it, I couldn’t start the next book for close to three months I was such a mess. That ending…getting me a teared up just thinking about it.

Bonus one? (Because honestly, who can choose just one all the time?): We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. I still get teary-eyed sometimes when I hear ‘Landslide’ by Stevie Nicks because it reminds me of specific parts of the book.


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These days, colleges love if you can get even just a little bilingual. Most of them want two or more years of study. I took three years of Spanish and then some more during my college years. It was pretty fun.

What’s a diverse or otherworldly book you enjoyed?

Undertow
Author: Micheal Buckley
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Giving those Aquaman vibes, I didn’t expect to get pulled into a world of the sea fighting the land and in Coney Island no less. Now I just need to get the other two books!


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It’s not a club I joined. I was a choir girl for 7 years. My voice is shot now, but I still sing terribly in the car and the shower. The drama club and other arts are such a staple and keep creativity alive and it’s very sad how underestimated and underfunded they are these days.

What’s a romance that pulled you in and wrapped you around its little finger?

Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
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This one of many. I wanted to mix it up a little so that you know I do many  MANY favorites. LOL. This was an intense, contemporary book that didn’t hold back. Left me holding my breath a few times not only because it could get super-steamy but because it could get me shook up pretty hard. Some of the things that happened were c-r-a-z-y! So wild! I would be hopelessly addicted if it were a TV show.


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The class that was meant to help prepare you for life after high school with a variety of things from cooking to sewing to complex paperwork. Personally, I believe it needs to be a full year class, not just a quarter semester. You taught me how to pay a mortgage for a house I’ll probably never own because it’s more expensive than I can earn at the moment and how to pay taxes, which was such a confusing mess. However, I did learn to be braver and risk-taking by taking up my teacher’s dare to eat a vinegar-soaked pig’s foot. And hey, I am a fantastic seamstress and can cook some pretty good brownies. Woohoo?

What book left you with mixed feelings or confusion afterward?

Actually, I just finished one recently.

Night Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
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I just…struggled. LOL. I had high hopes and they just fizzled and disappeared the way rain does after a downpour in the middle of summer.


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The course that you take with your gym teacher who just reads from the manual which you can do at home. But you get credit, so you might as well if only to make sure that you won’t be that person who doesn’t nearly run over the person on the sidewalk during the driving test.

What book drove you out of your comfort zone?

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher

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Now, I put this up here not because it was because of some theme or dirtiness n the books. It’s because I don’t typically get into memoirs or any non-fiction really. Just not for me usually. But, I am a major fan of the princess. She’s one of my idols. So, I wanted to read about one of the biggest breakout moments of her life: Star Wars.


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Study Hall: It was the one period in the day you could sleep. Of course, I was the person that did all my work because I did not want to lug books home. Just nope. I also got to go to the library which, like any bookworm, is my happy place.

What’s a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did?

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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No joke. It was middle school and everybody was carrying it around and talking about it and I didn’t get what was so appealing because I’m a Buffy girl. My vampires didn’t sparkle. They were sarcastic and soulless (except for two) and they got dusted. But, these ones sparkled and a strange introvert fell in love with one and it was rainy and I was like…”Wha?”. I did a thing I don’t do too often. I fell into the trend. Now, I didn’t become as obsessed as many others did, but I did nit-pick because of the mythos of vampires and werewolves. LOL. The story itself was beautiful, and in a way, tragic. I think I’ll reread them at some point.


And a couple of college courses too…

 

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One of the best subjects ever, but that may be because the results can be pretty horrifying and the magic is out of this world. Plus, the way these stories came into being and how they come from a stem of truth is mindblowing. I get super geeky and ecstatic with mythology and I mean all kinds.

A fantasy book that stems from mythology that you couldn’t get enough of.

American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
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This will always be one of those ones that is at the top of my list. Through and through, this book is just laced with the gods and stories we know not to mention the new gods we don’t even think about.


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Not. My. Favorite. Subject. At. All. Complex with so much masculinity. Sheesh. However, putting the Pavlov effect in motion can be hysterical. And, I’m also fascinated with dreams. I guess it’s trying to decipher everything else that’s just not up my alley. That and the idea of analyzing myself is shudder-worthy. I don’t hate the subject, but it’s just not for me. Book, however? YESSSS.

A thriller that had you jumping out of your seat.

Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
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Thriller can be touch and go because it all depends on what keeps you clinging to the edge of your seat. I have a fascination with dreams and in this book, a girl can get sucked into people’s dreams. Something deadly is going on and she must figure it out before people, or possibly herself, end up dead.


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Understanding the history of women and men, and venus and mars, and learning about sexuality can be overwhelming, but so useful in real life. The world is evolving and we as the human race are a major part of it. Learning the history and continuing to live in the history being made today is eye-opening and exciting. No longer should anyone fe afraid to be anything or anyone other than themselves.

An LGBTQ book or one with LGBTQ involvement that you love and/or it inspired you.

All Soul’s Trilogy
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Sexuality isn’t something that is of concern in this trilogy I’ve realized. It’s more important to love and be loved and just be who you are than anything else and those themes are so strong and I’m so in love with this series!


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I was never one to get up on stage in front of a lot of people. I loved EVERYTHING behind it from designing sets to hands-on building them to make-up and costume. Some of these classes I didn’t get the chance to take, but those that I did were so much fun.

What’s a play that you would recommend people to read?

The Cherry Orchard
Author: Anton Chekov
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Okay, so I love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and definitely recommend it, but to reach outside that one I went with a Russian play. I enjoy Russian Literature so much and this entwined family, romance, desperation, and romance.


 

If you could go to any school, what one would you choose? ANY. SCHOOL.

Me? Not going to lie, I would’ve wanted to go to either Sunnydale High or Beacon Hills High. I live for the “Will I die by some mysterious supernatural cause?” kind of day. Keeps life interesting. LOL. And I probably would’ve gone to UC Sunnydale for further education. That or Whitmore College (The Vampire Diaries).

 

 

For this book tag I’m tagging:

Bibliomedico

A Little Haze Book Blog

What Rebecca’s Read

The Book Raven

A Court of Coffee and Books

 

I haven’t tagged some blogs in a while and miss being in contact with them! So I hope you guys take up the call! It’ll be fuuuun! Just don’t forget to tag me in it because I want to see your results! If you have additional courses to add that’s cool too! And if you weren’t tagged and want to do it then go for it!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Thoughts? What subject do (or did) you love in high school or college? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Tis Fetch! (Much Ado About Mean Girls – A Book Review)

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
Published: 2019

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated F for how totally fetch it is to see Shakespeare take on teenage cliques and their desperation to feel

 

On Wednesdays we array ourselves in pink!

Can you imagine it? The iconic and often quoted movie written by Tina Fey brought to you in the stylings of Bard of Avon AKA Shakespeare. There can’t be a better mash-up than this!

Return to North Shore High School and experience the complicated navigation of the high school hierarchy and teenage girlhood. Cady Heron goes from homeschool to public school and from outcast to popular plastic and all the way down the tree to social pariah. A plastic world is turned Elizabethan making the hit movie even more hilarious with its free-flowing rhymes that would make even Kevin G jealous. How fetch!

 

I received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. I didn’t even know I won until it landed on my doorstep! Nonetheless, I was very excited to read it.

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I am not ashamed to say that I totally love Mean Girls. See, I’m a huge lover of horror movies, Sci-Fi, and Paranormal/Fantasy. The chick-flick and teen-dream romance are a rare occasion, but I have my guilty pleasures.

What else do I love? SHAKESPEARE!! And Doescher was the genius to put these two things together! I can’t express how hard I’ve geeked out about this. This book follows the movie perfectly and gives it so much more comedy. For those that love Shakespeare as much as I do, you can basically add this to his list of comedies. It reminded me much of the hilarity that Much Ado About Nothing has, which I guess is the point LOL. The parallels to the play are unbelievable, yet so are the differences.

I laughed so hard I cried, especially during Kevin G’s rap at the Christmas talent show and Gretchen’s rage-filled speech about Caesar? Oh, maaan. I really do hope the cast reads this book.

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The classic style of play-script was fantastic. It made this a quick read, but I didn’t care. I was blown away with how Doescher kept to the style of Shakespeare’s. And the illustrations! So epic and wonderful! Not only did they help shape scenes, but they added to the comedy of the stories, keeping the Elizabethan times.

 

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I cannot think of a bad thing to say about this book. It’s gold and I would definitely go to see this if it was ever put on Broadway and I hope one day it is. And while this is on the technical side of a remake, it’s also super original. All in all? Fetch happened, guys. It actually happened.

 

Quotables:

“An thou dost ever speak to me again,

A painful kick unto thine ass I’ll grant.” (Kristen to Cady, p. 19)

 

“One time, my very visage—even mine!—

Did have the privilege to feel her punch.

‘Twas wonderful beyond my wildest dreams.” (Stud. 7, p. 29)

 

“Thou churlish, common-kissing pox-mark’d strumper!” (Jason, p. 32)

 

“Nay, Gretchen, “fetch” shall never catch,

Stop hosting an event no one attends.

It shall not hap—the zeitgeist thou art not.

The fad is bad; I’m mad and thou art sad.” (Regina to Gretchen, p. 84)

 

“Thou smellest like a baby prostitute,

Preparing for a night of many trysts.” (Janis to Cady, p.93)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Built This Way by Samantha Ronson.

 

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For the Fairies! (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Book-Play Review)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Author: William Shakespeare
Published: 1600

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Let’s start with a love square. That’s right, not a triangle, a square. Lysander and Hermia are very much in love, but Hermia is arranged to marry Demetrius by her father. Helena, her best friend is in love with Demetrius, but he only has moon eyes for Hermia.

So what are two forbidden lovers to do? They run away into the forest together, determined to be together.

In the forest, a fairy king and queen are at odds so the king gets his right hand fairy, Puck, to play a trick on her. Then to go a step further, he implores Puck to help Helena after she is found saddened because Demetrius refuses to love her back. In this Comedy, fairy magic wreaks hilarious havoc.

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We all know William Shakespeare. You start to read his works in high school, usually, and I don’t know about anybody else, but I read and studied Romeo and Juliet. A Midsummer Night’s Dream came later when I started forcing myself to read more on the great playwright and poet. He’s pivotal, one of the first stepping stones, for any book lover, English major, and author.

The comedy tickled me. Rereading it this time, I was still enveloped in the hilarity that fairies and magic can often make situations worse rather than better. Laughing out loud as Bottom who talks like an ass and then is turned into an ass while on the job in the bookstore turned a few heads. This is ultimately my favorite play. I’m not one for mushy romance. I seek realism no matter the genre when it comes to such this strong emotion. The play is in the percentile that makes me truly believe in it.

 

I love this play. It’s lighthearted, magical, and fun. It toys with the free will of love, making me a completely hopeless romantic. Very different from his tragedies. Definitely find time to read this if you haven’t done so yet. There’s a reason that William Shakespeare is more than just one of the most studied writers in British Literature. His approach to themes, emotions, and his style in writing are fundamental not only to learn from, but to understand people from; that we are capable of such strong emotions.

Then again, maybe this is just me. I do worship his plays. Sonnets? Well, I love poetry, but I’m terrible at writing sonnets. Tried to write one about Neverland once, (yep, I’ve always wanted to be a lost boy) and I don’t think it went well. I’m pretty sure that my British Lit. class knew it too. It’s a good thing I never got that assignment back.

Anyway, enough rambling about the legendary man. Read this, not because you’re forced to, but do it because it’s beautiful and the language will make you swoon and most importantly, do it for the fairies!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Whatever You Imagine by Wendy Moten)